• latw-98-1
    Ring askos from Sardis (No. 98) (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Ring askos

Date
Ca. mid-sixth century BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 7485
Inventory No.
7485
Sardis CATNUM
P86.068
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Askos
Pottery Ware
Lydian Tableware
Site
Sardis
Sector
MMS
Trench
MMS-I 86.1
Locus
MMS-I 86.1 Locus 125
Description
Medium-size gray ring askos. Doughnut-shaped body, low vertical neck, flaring rim. Single basket handle from top of body to neck. Gray semi-matte slip on entire body, possibly slightly burnished. Complete, mended. Height 0.049 m, diameter 0.097 m.
Comments
From the court of a Lydian house destroyed in the mid-sixth century BC (Area 4-6, with Nos. 67, 70, 71, 76, 77, 79, 89, 99), together with four other ring askoi including No. 99, the orientalizing lebes No. 71, and other objects. The ring askos is not a common shape in Lydia or elsewhere, but is widely distributed in time and space, from Mycenaean Greece to late-classical Italy. It is perhaps most common, however, in Archaic Asia Minor. For Archaic examples from nearby Klazomenai, see Güngör 2006.
Discussed
Greenewalt, “Lydian Pottery”; Greenewalt, “Cosmetics”; Cahill, “City of Sardis”
Bibliography
Greenewalt et al. 1990, 151.
Author
NDC